BOOK THREE: 2157 - A VISION OF THE FUTURE

Chapter Fourteen: The 21st Century - Narrative

Table: Chronology 2015 - 2157

Book One and the work's Introduction emphasized the importance of the human group in understanding the origins of human social behaviour. The nation state is seen as having subverted much of the group-inspired collective wisdom of human societies. Many current problems can be traced to this cause.

Book One described the ongoing process of globalization in a number of dimensions. It showed that the process is both unstoppable, short of a major catastrophe, and desirable. It also introduced the idea that some of the most prominent cultural and institutional features of our contemporary society, including language and the nation state, will undergo fundamental change in the new century, as a result both of globalization and also because of advancing technology, particularly the Internet.

Book One has repeatedly credited globalization and the Internet with key roles in recreating a structure for human society more in tune with its collectivist (group-centred) roots, while preserving the advanced consciousness of individuality which has been one of the fruits of modern societal development.

Book Two explored in some detail how the intertwined factors so far set out will affect human culture and the structure of society during the next 100 years. The impact of developing technology on human evolution, both physical and cognitive, was a key focus.

Book Three is an imaginary journey through the whole of the 21st century and beyond, setting out a vision of how the trends and developments already described may interplay with our groupish natures to create a wildly different but still humane and very exciting future for mankind.